LETTER: No time to lose when saving lives

WHEN someone loses their life because of what they do for a living, it is often as a result of falls from height or accidents with machinery.

Yet for anyone who spends a large amount of their working day outdoors, the effect that solar radiation can have on their health is often overlooked.

Sadly, five people a day on average in the UK are being diagnosed with skin cancer contracted as a result of being exposed to solar radiation at work.

That is why the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has this week launched new research into the issue.

Through its No Time to Lose campaign, the charity is raising awareness and offering to help businesses and workers take preventative action.

Nine out of ten of all skin cancer deaths could be prevented if people control their exposure to UV rays.

So whether you work the land in the South Downs National Park, police the area’s streets or are involved in construction, IOSH wants employers and employees to take steps to reduce the risk.

Something as simple as wearing long-sleeved clothing or avoiding prolonged periods of exposure to the sun in the middle of the day can have a significant, positive impact.

For more advice on how to take quick and easy action to reduce risk, visit www.notimetolose.org.uk.

Rod Thonger

Chairman, South Downs Branch

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)